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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2011 6:33 pm 
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Location: "Guzz" .."House of Kona"..Gods Country
usual destination..Burrator on Dartmoor ..my self and "space monkey"..a bit more off road stuff..i would say 25 mile round trip :wink:

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2011 9:00 pm 
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I think the pics of the rides are great..like'em.. :D

Was out saturday following an old xc race route .. my mate thought it meant we had to race it.. F that lmao, 35km cross country flat out ?? not a chance ! steady there boy..we got all day... and I'm into the fun factor of it ,not being completely wiped out :roll: ..had a good five hours out with breaks .

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 Post subject: little ride out
PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2011 4:42 pm 
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Location: "Guzz" .."House of Kona"..Gods Country
little ride out from my house to a mate who lives in :lol: Crapstone :lol: ..yes thats right..any one here on from the South Devon Contingent would/might of heard of it..about a 18 mile round trip. Odd light rain here and there :wink:

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Location: "Guzz" .."House of Kona"..Gods Country
about 27 miles today.. 8) weather superb 8) ..usual loop with an extra bit..me and 2 buddies..

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another ride out today..22 miles ..from plympton to noss mayo..a cheeky pint of tribute ..then back the way we came :cry: ..thought we would be able to avoid the hills and go back the coastal path :cry:..my buddy got his directions wrong ..he is now nicknamed "the pathfinder" :roll:

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Location: "Guzz" .."House of Kona"..Gods Country
Out for the usual 25 miles..with a few mates..we had coffee..platty had to have a pint :roll:

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great training ride with Danno and TheGreenRabbit this afternoon, up round the top of Worthing

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week: 50
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 Post subject: Malvern Hills
PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2011 9:02 pm 
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Since finding my 1998 Kona Hei Hei I have only really had the chance to take it on a few local trips. This week however, I took it on my latest cycling holiday to the Malvern Hills. I stay with family there, and just cycle the Hills for the week. I have ridden the Hills on quite a few of my bikes, but I was particularly interested to see what the Hei Hei could do.

Arriving Monday early afternoon, I was straight off the train to dump my stuff off at my sister’s place, and quickly cycled to the North end of the Hills. Passed the Back On Track bike shop, and into the Clocktower / North Quarry Car Park. I prefer this route to most others, as I get the maximum amount of hard-pack riding.

It’s tricky to say what form or ability I may have on any particular day (at 53 years old now!), but I felt pretty good and got my wind on that first climb out of the car park. I’m running Michelin XC Dry II on that bike, which I like a lot. They suit my light weight, and roll very well. Once I got onto the initial levelled out section, I was flying around that track heading towards the grassy knoll above St Ann’s Well. A quick stop and a chat to a couple of locals, and then decided to take the quickest (and steepest) route to the top of the Worcestershire Beacon.

I was so pleased with the Hei Hei’s climbing ability, and was trying to compare it to my 2003 Kona Kula Primo, which I have ridden a lot there. I don’t know if I was caught up in the moment, or whether the Hei Hei is better – it just seemed better on the day. The Kula Primo is lighter, stiffer and is fitted with an identical pair of 2007 World Cup SIDs - I guess I would need to have the same ride on the same day to give a true appraisal.

Anyway, the Hei Hei flew up that North East face and I surprised myself how quickly I got to the top. … See pictures looking North from the Worcestershire Beacon.


On the way down, the bike was as I expected – well balanced and manoeuvrable. To be honest, my up-hill skills are considerably better than my down hill riding ability, but I felt really confident on the Hei Hei.

Not sure why I'm looking into the middle distance!
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My sister's place just out of shot behind North Hill
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Tuesday, (and slightly better dressed for the occasion) I started on the very extreme North end of the Hills, just as the road curves round into West Malvern. It is a real roller coaster ride with a lot of cropped grass, where the sheep graze.

I didn’t do too many miles today, as tomorrow I will be doing the entire length of the Hills down into Herefordshire. The Herefordshire Beacon is spectacular – an Iron Age fort, and a lot more open.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2011 9:30 am 
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great shots!


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 Post subject: More on the Malverns
PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2011 4:58 pm 
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Day 3 – Wednesday, and off for a longer haul. I covered about 32 miles today.

I love this ride, as it can be so varied within a single trip.

Starting at the North end again, but this time cycling along the East face. Keeping a steady line traversing through of the lower third of the slopes takes me through the wooded sections along some good single track. As I get level with the Three Counties Show Ground, it really opens out into the sunshine along some wider sections.
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Round a right hand bend, and there is the curious shape of the Herefordshire Beacon – an Iron Age Hill Fort. I believe it’s the second highest of the Hills.
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If you like teetering along a raised section, with a bit of drop-off on one side, then you can have a blast along here. British Camp Reservoir on the right of the picture, with the Worcestershire Beacon in the middle distance. The highest point of the Hills.
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All the pictures in this post and the previous entry were taken with my point-and-go camera. The ones that include me were using the timer with me running round to get in the shot. I couldn’t be arsed with this last one, and is looking from the Southside of the Herefordshire Beacon looking North West. A beautiful day indeed for late September.
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